Q. What is
Hypothermia occurs when your body fails to maintain a normal body temperature. It usually comes on gradually, so people often aren't aware that there's a problem and they may need medical attention. Severe hypothermia will eventually lead to cardiac and respiratory failure, then death. People who are elderly, very young, mentally impaired, intoxicated or who have certain health issues are especially vulnerable.
Q. What are the signs and symptoms?
Q. When do you need to seek medical
For any person who has been exposed to cold air or water and who is shivering, appears disoriented, shows a lack of coordination, has cold and pale skin, appears tired, and is slurring speech. Try to keep the person warm and dry, preferably indoors or at least out of the wind, until help arrives.
People with heart disease or high blood pressure need to
be especially cautious because of the strain cold weather puts on the
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